Jennifer and Andrew 06.08.13 / by Bolla Photo

At their engagement session, I prompted Andrew to “whisper sweet nothings” in Jen’s ear.  His idea of “sweet nothings” was Darth Vader-like breathing. Being the dork that I am, I totally loved that…especially since it made Jen burst out laughing, resulting in a fabulous photo!  I knew their wedding day would be no less entertaining.

The day started with the most perfectly puffy white clouds against an azure sky…and thankfully stayed that gorgeous all day! Jen was wonderfully laid-back as her hair and make-up were done. She even relaxed with a glass of wine as her friend Nikki set up a make-up assembly line for the bridesmaids. Andrew was getting ready across town with the help of his parents and groomsmen after an afternoon of hanging out with the guys. Meanwhile, the final reception preparations were being made. Jen’s aunt, Diane Young of Elegant Seating, polished off the dark red and ivory decor by adding coordinating covers and organza sashes to each chair. Jen was even surprised by the delivery of an entire old-fashioned ice cream stand…too bad it didn’t stay for long. (It was at the wrong winery! Oops!)

Jen was escorted down the aisle by her father and brother. Andrew was overwhelmed by the sight of his beautiful bride. As Andrew and Jennifer took turns reading the vows they had written to each other, they both alternated between wiping away tears and laughing. The laughter and tears continued on into the reception, starting with five lovingly heartfelt speeches.  During the mother-son dance, Andrew once again had tears streaming down his cheeks.

Congratulations again to such a sweet, fun-loving couple, Jen and Andrew! We had a fabulous time spending the day with you and your entire bridal party!


PS. Keep on the lookout for Jesse, one of the groomsmen, who will make a return appearance to our blog when he gets married in September.

(To see more photos from Jen and Andrew's winery wedding, watch the video slideshow below.)

Ceremony & Reception: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL

Hair and Makeup: Nikki Martin-Lawson, friend of the bride

Cake and Cupcakes: Jen’s fabulous bridesmaids

Gown: Oleg Cassini design from David’s Bridal, Fairview Heights, IL